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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Diamond use

Joint research between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Texas at Arlington has developed a new method for doping single crystals of diamond, which could help diamonds realize their full potential as semiconductors, the IEEE's Spectrum reported. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers magazine reported on the research, which was recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics. The research showed the superior thermal properties of diamonds compared with those of silicon.

Latino experience

A new UTA study reveals that Latino students experience academic and interpersonal validation from a variety of on- and off-campus individuals while enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the North Dallas Gazette reported. But the study also shows there may be times when Latino students do not feel validated by the HBCU context, which can cause them to question their place on campus. Taryn Ozuna Allen, assistant professor in the UTA College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, examines the issue in a paper published online in the The Journal of Higher Education .

Native American football

The Native American All-Star Football Classic is now in its 14th year, Fort Worth Weekly reported. Set to take place on Saturday, July 2, at UTA's Maverick Stadium, the game will feature about 35 18-year-olds from all over the country. Previous Classics have been held all over the country. The 2016 version will be the fourth at Maverick Stadium. UTA leaders enjoy hosting the game to interact with the Native American community, encourage education and provide a positive on-campus experience, the article said.

Flash flood help

An Arlington professor is combining data from radar and high-tech sensors as well as crowd-sourced information to help warn people about flash flooding, The Dallas Morning News reported. The iSeeFlood app -- created by UTA Civil Engineering Associate Professor D.J. Seo --allows people to report flooding when they spot high water.

Using lasers on roads

Scanning lasers are being investigated as a tool to measure microtexture of aggregates used in asphalt and concrete mixtures, and could someday replace the camera-based systems used by transportation agencies today, reported. Professor Roger Walker, who is in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, is leading the $671,011 project funded by the Texas Department of Transportation. Walker said the lasers will enable more accurate measurements.

UTA graduate honored

NETA, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, presented Finley Ledbetter, CEO of Group CBS Inc., with its prestigious Alliance Recognition Award at the association’s recent PowerTest 2016 conference in Fort Worth, CBS/KEYC 12 in Mankato, Minn., NBC-ABC/WDAM 7 in Moselle, Miss., CBS/KOAM 7 in Joplin, Mo., and several other websites reported. Ledbetter graduated from UTA with an electrical engineering bachelor's degree.

Keynote speaker

Terry Munson urged Abilene High School scholarship recipients to stay focused on their goal of higher education and a career, the Abilene Reporter-News reported. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Munson is an instructor at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development. Munson was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Reception. Munson is an Abilene High graduate as well. 

UTA alum named chief business officer

Tim Smith has joined Cleave Biosciences as its chief business officer, ABC/WLOX 13 in Biloxi, Miss., Fox 59/WVNS in Ghent, W. Va., and several other websites reported. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in biology from UTA.